Contrary to all expectations ahead of the hero's reveal, Terry Crews - the popular footballer and actor - proved not to be the voice of Overwatch's latest hero Doomfist. Honours for that role went instead to Sahr Ngaujah, star of films such as The Signal and How I Spent My Summer.
So what exactly was Crews up to during his famed visit to the Blizzard studios that resulted in the widely-shared photo below - not to mention a whole heap of speculation about his possible involvement with the game?
In an interview with PC Gamer, Crews has described his visit as a mere exploration of possibilities, noting that while the game's fans might have been upset he didn't end up voicing the hero, he's more upbeat about the experience.
"It’s funny because when I went down to Blizzard and we were talking about possibilities I realised that I don’t wanna be the guy that hijacks a game, you know?" says Crews. "The creators have a vision and I didn’t want to mess that up. I was not interested in trying to hijack the game, I let them know that whatever fitted in their programme I would love to do.
"When I saw that Doomfist was created, that they’d went with another guy, the whole thing, it’s actually quite perfect, it’s absolutely amazing. I can honestly say that they made a move that’s better for the game, which is what they’re about. I know people were upset but I’m not."
You can read any number of possibilities into the quote above. Perhaps Crews auditioned for the role but proved unsuitable. Another possibility is that the developers felt having such a recognisable voice undermined Overwatch's status as a independent fictional universe.
Regardless, the experience seems to have been a positive one for Crews, and it looks as though we might yet see him make an impact on the game in a future collaboration:
"If I ever do do anything with Blizzard, you watch: it’ll be perfect. With those guys, we’re all friends, we’re all good. I think there will be something coming down the line.”
Doomfist will be released on the live servers next Thursday 27th July. Take a look at our comprehensive Doomfist guide if you want to get ready to dominate with this intimidating new Offense hero!